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David Sidoo to Receive Prestigious BC Sports Hall of Fame Award

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On December 7, 2016, David Sidoo learned that he will join a list of distinguished and wildly accomplished individuals who have the honour to receive the prestigious WAC Bennet Award from the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

David was selected based on his numerous and widely varied contributions to sport in the province of BC and across Canada, not the least of which is his deep passion and undying support for the UBC Thunderbirds football team.

Roughly 3 years ago, David directed his passion for his alma mater into the 13th Man Foundation, a group of almuni spearheaded by David who raise and direct substantial funds and energy to support the football team. The 13th Man Foundation has had an incredible impact on the team, including claiming the title of 2015 Vanier Cup Champions.

David and the other 2017 inductees comprise the 51st induction class for the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

For more information:

http://www.voiceonline.com/david-sidoo-is-2017-recipient-of-the-bc-sports-hall-of-fames-w-a-c-bennett-award/

http://theprovince.com/sports/university/ed-willes-column-on-dave-sidoo-to-b-c-sports-hall-of-fame

 

David Sidoo Awarded 2016 Order of British Columbia

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On July 26th, 2016, David Sidoo was one of a group of 16 outstanding civic leaders who received the highest honour awarded in the Province of British Columbia – the Order of B.C.

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The following details the Province of British Columbia government website explain the origins and significance of the coveted and highly regarded award:

Established in 1989 by statute, the Order of British Columbia recognizes those persons who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour, benefiting the people of the Province or elsewhere. It represents the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens. Appointments to the order are made annually to the most outstanding British Columbians possessing these qualifications. Citizens of the Province are invited to participate in this ongoing process by nominating persons whom they feel are worthy of this acknowledgement and honour.

The Insignia of the Order of British Columbia is in the form of a medal. The medal depicts a stylistic dogwood (the floral emblem of B.C.) and features a crowned shield of arms. It is worn with a green, gold, white and blue ribbon.

David received the award in the presence of family, friends and numerous distinguished guests. According to the Province of British Columbia’s July 26, 2016 press release, Lt-Gov. Judith Guichon and Premier Christy Clark addressed the group:

“For 27 years, the Order of British Columbia has recognized exceptional individuals whose hard work, generosity of spirit and outstanding achievements have contributed immeasurably to the wellbeing of our communities,” Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon said. “I extend my congratulations to this year’s recipients and thank them for inspiring all of us with their efforts to build a healthy, diverse and inclusive province for generations to come.”

“British Columbia’s greatest strength is British Columbians – people who use their talents and passions to make a difference both here at home and, in many cases, around the world,” Premier Christy Clark said. “On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank this year’s recipients for their dedication, and everything they do to make B.C. a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.”

Without a doubt, David Sidoo’s efforts in many facets of Lower Mainland communities contributes to making B.C. a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.

Congratulations, David!

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KSF in Partnership with Sidoo Family Giving Announce KSF Artists of Choice Award Canada 2016 Winners

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Sidoo Family Giving is delighted to share a partnership with KSF that brings focus and opportunity to emerging Canadian artists in film, theatre, dance or musical theatre.

The 2016 award winners were recently announced in the following joint press release.

Congratulations to all recipients!

The KSF announces the winners of the: KSF Artists of Choice Award CANADA 2016.

 The KSF has announced the winning recipients for its KSF Artists of Choice award – a pioneering funding and mentoring initiative for UK, US and Canadian emerging artists working in film, theatre, dance or musical theatre.

Epitomizing KSF’s aim of ‘sending the elevator back down’ it provides funding, year-round support and mentoring by established industry heavyweights. Made possible in Canada through a partnership with Sidoo Family Giving.

Recipients of the KSF Artists of Choice – Canada will each receive $10,000 (CAD) in funding, year-round in kind support from the Foundation and an industry mentor. Applications were taken from emerging artists from Canada across film, theatre, dance and musical theatre. Shortlisted applicants were then interviewed by a panel of industry experts including actors Jason Priestley and Amanda Tapping, Choreographer Navid Charkhi, Ballet BC’s Emily Molnar and Da Costa Talent’s Melissa Panton and musical theatre actress Jennifer Copping.

In the CANADA FILM category, Mary Galloway of Bright Shadow Productions. Unintentional Mother, tells the story of Anna, a young Aboriginal nanny, who must choose between running from her abusive father or staying as a devoted nanny. Family is all about perspective.

In the CANADA THEATRE category, Ted Witzel of The Red Light District. Lulu, is about a young woman with an innocent appetite for pleasure. This piece explores what it is about sexuality, especially female sexuality, that has the ability to terrify people, to make them want to label, control, categorize and condemn it.

In the CANADA DANCE category, Julia Taffe of Aeriosa Company. Pseudotsuga – Earth to Sky is an interspecies collaboration between vertical dancers, live musicians and a grove of old-growth trees in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Calling attention to the oldest trees in the park as living witnesses connecting dances of the past, present and future.

In the CANADA MUSICAL THEATRE category, Britt Small of Atomic Vaudeville. Action Revue: Feel the Fight, set in a boxing ring with the ring master narrating a series of bouts, the show explores the question of how masculine archetypes are both created and destroyed.

Founder of KSF said:

“I am proud that we can usher these worthy artists in as KSF Artists of Choice, to help support the development of their projects and their creative career.”

David Sidoo, Sidoo Family Giving said:

“We are proud to partner with KSF and support the development of Canadian artists”

Steve Winter, Executive/Creative Director of KSF, said:

“It’s been inspiring to see the range of talent and projects from this year’s recipients, we are looking forward to working closely with them over the next year to take their projects to forward.”

Film Recipient

Bright Shadow Productions from actor, director and producer Mary Galloway. The company’s first film, Ariel Unravelling, was an awarded bravo FACT and Creative BC award with Mary both producing and starring in the film.

“Making my directorial debut with KSF’s support and mentorship is a dream come true! It is a true honour. Though I feel these words may not suffice–thank you. I am forever grateful.”

Theatre Recipient

The Red Light District is a Toronto-based theatre-making company dedicated to exploring sexual ethics. Artistic Director Ted Witzel is a multi-disciplinary theatre maker whose work is primarily focused on making post-dramatic deconstructions of canonical texts and putting them back together into new works with lots of saturated colour, multidimensional live video, lush soundtracks, and athletic contemporary performance.

“I am honoured and thrilled to receive the support of the KSF for this project. The recognition, mentorship, and support they bring to the project will be invaluable in creating space for us to experiment and explore as we move Lulu towards completion.”

Dance Recipient

Aeriosa Company transforms neighbourhoods into theatres and explores wild environments as dramatic stages for live dance. Artistic Director Julia Taffe combines art, environment and adventure, making dances on buildings, in mountains, in nature and on stage. Creating unexpected dance in untraditional surroundings, proposing unusual performance scenarios to artists and audiences alike.

“I am honoured to be selected as a 2016 KSF Artist of Choice and I am thrilled that over the coming year Aeriosa will benefit from the funding and skilled mentorship that comes with a KSF grant. This award directly invests in my new creation Pseudotsuga – Earth to Sky, and as such, it supports the company’s artistic growth through an evolutionary phase in our history.”

Musical Theatre Recipient

Atomic Vaudeville is an award wining performance company founded by Britt Small and Jacob Richmond with the production of a monthly cabaret show that has become a cult hit in Victoria BC. Since it’s inception in 2004, they have produced over 60 cabaret shows in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto and Bellingham and worked with over 200 local and visiting artists. They have toured plays and musicals across Canada including the Dora Award-winning Ride the Cyclone by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, which premieres in NY in 2016.

“Organizations like the KSF enable companies such as ourselves to reach a little further and expand our creative exploration. Most importantly, they reaffirm the sense that as artists we are important and valued members of our local and world communities. Deep thanks.”

Artists of Choice Canada Recipient film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnnTqQjbmMA

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The KSF: ‘Sending the elevator back down’.

We identify emerging artists who have a unique voice and artistic vision and give them the training and resources they need to fully express themselves. By sending the elevator back down to the next generation of artists we build a broader community of people who are empowered to give voice to ideas and concepts that enlighten and enhance the human experience. At present we work in three ways:

  1. KSF LEARNING – Creating bespoke education projects for at-risk youth, encouraging aspiration and best-practice teaching techniques for educators to learn from.
  2. KSF GRANTS -– Enabling the creation of new work by emerging artists, offering them the financial means and mentoring needed to succeed as our KSF Artists of Choice.
  3. KSF SCHOLARSHIPS – Offering financial assistance to those unable to afford a university education partnering them with world-class universities for the duration of their study.

 

Sidoo Family Giving

‘Supporting Our Communities Through Time, Talent and Treasure’

Sidoo Family Giving was borne from the belief that within each of us lie the gifts of time, talent and treasure, and that those gifts can make a difference in the lives of others in our community. We actively participate in and contribute to a number of local endeavors in the Lower Mainland area as well as certain projects outside this community we call home.

www.sidoofamilygiving.com

Press Contact:

Steve Winter, Creative Director

The full list of Canadian industry panel members were:

Film: TV and film director Gary Harvey, Thunderbird TV’s Nicola Pender, director and actor Jason Priestley, writer and director Jonas Quastel and Amanda Tapping.

Theatre: Actress and playwright Carmen Aguirre, actress and director Sarah Rodgers, University of British Columbia’s Jerry Wasserman and casting director Maureen Webb.

Dance: Choreographer Navid Charkhi, Ballet BC’s Emily Molnar and Da Costa Talent’s Melissa Panton.

Musical Theatre: Actress Jennifer Copping, actress Janet Gigliotti and Arts Club Theatre’s Stephanie Hargreaves

Sidoos Support Old Yale Elementary School’s Emergency Weekend Food Fund

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David-Sidoo-feeding-the-poor5-300x169With the recent school year coming to a close, David, Manjy and Jordan Sidoo recently received a heartfelt thank you for their significant contribution to the Weekend Food Program that has been supporting 17 vulnerable, low income and highly at-risk families with children attending Old Yale Road Elementary School in Surrey.

20% of the families of children attending the school are defined as low income and many students arrive at school with little or no food. The reality for many of these children is that they have little access to nutritious food at home. Though the Food Bank does provide a resource for families, often it is not enough or the families are unable or unwilling to access those resources.

sidooIn order to support those families in need, Old Yale Road Elementary started an Emergency Weekend Food Fund to provide emergency non-perishable food items to those most in need and in times of crisis.

For the Pilot Project 17 families were selected based on who would benefit the most and who was in the greatest need. Each Friday they would attend the school to receive two huge bags of groceries to carry them through the weekend. In the case of a few families who were unable to attend the school, some of the school staff would deliver the food to their homes to ensure that they were taken care of.

With the support of David, Manjy and Jordan Sidoo, the Emergency Weekend Food Fund has provided Old Yale Elementary with the “realization…that anything is possible, and that (they) are more than just a school; (they) are a community.”

David Sidoo to Receive BC’s Highest Honour

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davidsidoo_UBC_Football_Academic_Centre_OPens_frid_146Along with 15 other civic leaders in the Province, David Sidoo will be appointed to the Order of British Columbia on July 26, 2016. This year more than 215 British Columbians were nominated for the Order of B.C. and just 16 were selected by the seven-member independent advisory committee.

According to the Province of British Columbia’s June 14, 2016 press release,

“British Columbia’s greatest strength is British Columbians – people who use their talents and passions to make a difference both here at home and, in many cases, around the world,” Premier Christy Clark said. “On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank this year’s recipients for their dedication, and everything they do to make B.C. a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.”

Further, the Province of BC released the following statement to explain why Sidoo will be appointed the award:

 “Sporting legend and successful investment banker David Sidoo has leveraged his success to become a leading philanthropist and a catalyst for improving the lives of many British Columbians through his support of many programs.He has been most impactful in making a difference in the lives of youth all across British Columbia.  David and his wife, Manjy, started Sidoo Family Giving, an organization actively involved in the community for the betterment of families and at-risk youth of all ages, specifically supporting children’s breakfast programs, children’s cancer research, mentoring programs, teenage sports programs and community scholarships. Additionally the Sidoo Family Athletics Endowment is the largest of its kind at UBC.”

 For more information, please read the Province of BC’s press release and the article on the UBC Thunderbirds website.

 Congratulations, David!

Please Join David in Supporting Dylan and Jordan’s Exciting New Venture!

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Get VanishDavid Sidoo is thrilled to announce that his sons Dylan and Jordan have partnered with Jaiten Gill to found an exciting new company called Vanish and have just released the beta of their first program designed to bring the human intimacy back to digital messaging.

How does Vanish work? You are in control of your communications. Your messages are yours and yours alone…of course including the recipient. This means with Vanish all of your data is encrypted, private and anonymous, and you have control of when, how and if that data gets deleted. With a simple gesture within the app, you can make your chats vanish.

Vanish let you experience worry-free group video and audio chats, delivers intuitive, easy-to-use user interface, and offers decentralized, server-free communication. This is digital messaging at the next level!

David is calling on you to help drive the Vanish beta program by signing up to experience the application for yourself! Registration is quick and simple:

  1. Visit getvanish.com
  2. Enter your mobile number on the landing page
  3. And you’re done! You will be notified when Vanish is ready for you.

Once you’ve signed up, please pass the message along to your friends and family to join Vanish too!

David, Dylan, Jordan and Jaiten thank you for your support!

For more information please visit getvanish.com (and don’t forget to sign up for the beta program!)

Vanier Cup – UBC Board Member Meet & Greet with the Prime Minister

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David Sidoo and Prime Minister Trudeau

As many followers of this blog will know, David Sidoo is a distinguished member of the UBC Thunderbird Football Alumni and a member of the UBC Board of Governors. Further, David is a key individual in the 13th Man Foundation, which supports the UBC T-Birds football team in countless ways and no doubt contributed to the team’s successful Cinderella drive to the Vanier Cup victory last season.

Not to be left out of the excitement of the T-Birds’ 2016 Vanier Cup victory, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with T-Birds quarterback and Vanier Cup MVP Michael O’Connor along with David Sidoo, Manjy Sidoo and Jordan Sidoo on May 18th, 2016 in Ottawa. Their collective focus: celebrating the coveted Vanier Cup trophy!

As the calendar creeps toward the start of the T-Bird’s championship title-defending season, the excitement and momentum of their Vanier Cup victory continues!

Go TBirds!

 

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David & Manjy Sidoo Support Hungry Families in Need

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Manjy SidooWhen the Vancouver Sun approached the Sidoos for help sponsoring food for 25 poverty-stricken families in the North Surrey area, David didn’t hesitate to write a cheque for $10,000. The money, part of David and Manjy’s $30000 contribution to the Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School Campaign, went directly toward providing emergency food deliveries to the 25 families in need.

“We can’t leave families hungry like this,” said David after learning that one family was in such dire straits that they had just one onion to eat between them all.

Sidoo Family Giving has contributed more than $122,000 to Vancouver area elementary school food and meal programs since 2008.

Read more here and here.